Michael Adumatta Nyantakyi
The Public Utilities Workers Union (PUWU) has re-elected Michael Adumatta Nyantakyi, as its General Secretary, for a second term.
The Deputy Secretary of PUWU, Richard Amiibah Nyaaba, was also retained for another term in office during the 12th Quadrennial National Delegates Conference of the union held at the PUWU Hospitality and Conference Centre at Kasoa in the Central Region.
The conference was held under the theme, “Re-positioning the union in the face of emerging challenges in the world of work.”
Mr. Nyantakyi, who was unopposed in the elections, indicated that the administration’s good works and achievements in the first four years, partly accounted for the overwhelming support from union members.
“We came into office in a period when there were issues especially surrounding the ECG concession and we did our utmost in the form of advocacy and media campaigns to really bring the issues to the fore and why we think giving ECG out was not the best. So at least that determination and commitment we demonstrated were key,” he said.
Mr. Nyantakyi said one of the things the leadership of the union also did was to provide training and capacity building workshops for members, adding that members were also given unrestricted access to leadership of the union which accounted for what he described as an “energized base.”
Mr. Nyantakyi further indicated that his first term in office also saw the creation of a website for the union which had been very active.
A major achievement, he highlighted, was the completion of the PUWU Hospitality and Conference centre, which he indicated was started before his administration and added that executives put in a lot of effort to see the completion of the project.
“We, within the same four years, have also managed to buy six additional plots of land at Kasoa which will be used for further development in future. We have also within the period, as part of efforts to ensure the union has alternative sources of income, bought a brand new 32-seater coaster bus which will be used for rentals,” he stated.
Other elected executives of the union for the next four years are Enoch Paul Hayes, national chairman; Samuel Osei, vice-chairman; Innocentia Kuupiel, vice-chairperson; Samuel Amoh Kakabaa, first national trustee; and Grace Addo, second national trustee.
By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri